New South Wales

New South Wales – the most well-know part of Australia. With the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, and of course, Bondi Beach. Everyone wants to visit and see this beautiful place for themselves. But few venture beyond the city.

I spent a month living in Sydney before I travelled the East Coast and it was my first stop in Australia. Such a beautiful city, I can understand why so many go to Sydney and never leave! Don’t miss exploring Surry Hills and Newtown. And pay a visit to Sydney Observatory and Luna Park.

Explore my Sydney and beyond guides for New South Wales

I’ve curated guides on what to do in Sydney, free activities around the city, the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk and places to eat out. I’ve also spent time in the Blue Mountains and created a guide for what to see and which hikes to do when you’re visiting. Trust me, you don’t want to miss it!

The Blue Mountains are a train ride from the city and are absolutely stunning. We visited while it was snowing. Definitely plan it right with the weather so you can explore and do as many of the hikes as possible!

How to backpack Sydney

When it comes to staying in Sydney, I chose a CBD hostel but there are so many options across the city and over at Bondi and Manly Beach. All offer a very different experience – so don’t be afraid to move around to see a different side to Sydney and what it has to offer. One thing to remember is that Sydney is the most expensive place in Australia. Count your pennies at every step. If you’re backpacking, take care how you spend your money.

Things soon add up and you can find yourself running low on cash. I really recommend finding work while you’re in the area. If that’s not an option, go with a lot of money saved and spend it wisely. Plus check out my guide on free things to do in Sydney!